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Dual Degree in M.S. in International Development and Service & M.B.A.
The College of Mount Saint Vincent offers a dual degree option: Master's in International Development and Service (M.S. I.D.S.) and a Master's in Business Administration (M.B.A.) for as little as 18 additional credits. This M.B.A. Program is exceptional in the nation due to its specific focus on Socially Responsible Business Management in Resource-Scarce Environments.

Now accepting applications for Fall 2014 semester

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The Dual Degree Program   
Students who choose the dual degree option will earn a second Master’s degree by completing 18 to 27 additional credits through the College’s Graduate Program in Business. The M.B.A. Program is distinctive and exclusive in higher education due to its focus on teaching management skills for under-resourced organizations. It is specifically designed to complement the curriculum of the M.S. I.D.S. Program, which will equip students with the skills necessary to manage non-profits and cater to the needs of vulnerable populations.

The M.B.A. option will emphasize:  
  • Management of resource-scarce organizations
  • Management of large numbers of volunteers
  • Management of organizations that complement the community
  • Field placements in the NGO/non-profit sectors
  • Building sustainability

Students graduating with these dual degrees will gain the skills to run non-profit organizations from multiple perspectives. They will also gain a valuable portfolio of competencies — from serving the vulnerable in the field, to promotion and publicizing their needs to the world, to the nuts and bolts of budgeting, strategic planning, and policy implementation at the organizational level.

Program Outcomes
By earning their second Master’s degree in Business, students will be trained in the techniques and requirements of managing organizations with diverse skills. They will be equipped with a set of management tools ranging from organizational decision making, to program implementation, to meeting regulatory requirements. Students will learn: 

  • Data analysis and the management of information systems
  • Promotion and marketing
  • Business law and the non-profit sector
  • How to finance and financially plan under-resourced organizations
  • Budgeting and organizational control systems
  • Understanding organizational culture and managing change

Program Structure
The dual degree option will be partly completed while students are earning their Master's in International Development and Service (M.S. I.D.S.) degree. Additional coursework will require two added semesters of study – for example: one summer and one additional semester after completing the M.S. I.D.S. degree.

Alternatively, students may take M.B.A. courses during the summer while they are earning their M.S. I.D.S. degree. Once students have earned the M.S. I.D.S. degree, they would only need to complete one more semester to earn their M.B.A. degree.

Dual Degree Features

  • Students will continue their engagement with the field while earning M.B.A. credits.
  • With careful planning and the guidance of the Program Director, students may be able to complete all requirements for the second degree in as few as 4 additional months of study after earning the M.S. I.D.S.

Sample Programs

Configuration 1

Semester 1 M.S. I.D.S. Curriculum (including)
  • International Development Course
  • Institutions and Society
Semester 2 
    in London
     M.S. I.D.S. Curriculum (including 2 of 3 below) 
  • Management and Governance
  • Charity and the Law
  • Strategic Management
  • Marketing and Fundraising
Summer M.B.A. Courses 
  • Business Law for Managers
  • Managing Human Resources
Summer 3 
    in Lima
M.S. I.D.S. Curriculum (including 2 of the following)
  • Communication Sociology
  • Socio-Demographic Culture & Organizational Development
  • Economics of Regional Development
    or Manila
  • Health Policy and Program Analysis
  • Sustainable Development
    or Siena
  • International Organizations and the Role of NGO’s
  • EU Development Policy
Semester 4 M.S. I.D.S. Curriculum (including)
  • Culminating Project
  • Ethics and History of Service
  • Grant Writing/Fundraising
  • Non-profit management
Semester 5 M.B.A. Courses
  • Managing Information Technology & Innovation
  • Data Analysis and Modeling for Managers
  • Financial Management
  • Managerial Accounting

Configuration 2

Semester 1 M.S. I.D.S. Curriculum (including)
  • International Development Course
  • Institutions and Society
Semester 2 
    in London
M.S. I.D.S. Curriculum (including 2 of 3 below)
  • Management and Governance
  • Charity and the Law
  • Strategic Management
  • Marketing and Fundraising
Summer 3 
    in Lima
     M.S. I.D.S. Curriculum (including 2 of the following)
  • Communication Sociology
  • Socio-Demographic Culture & Organizational Development
  • Economics of Regional Development
    or Manila
  • Health Policy and Program Analysis
  • Sustainable Development
    or Siena
  • International Organizations and the Role of NGO’s
  • EU Development Policy
Semester 4 M.S. I.D.S. Curriculum (including)
  • Culminating Project
  • Ethics and History of Service
  • Grant Writing/Fundraising
  • Non-profit management
Summer M.B.A. Courses
  • Business Law for Managers
  • Managing Human Resources
Semester 5 M.B.A. Courses
  • Managing Information Technology & Innovation
  • Data Analysis and Modeling for Managers
  • Financial Management
  • Managerial Accounting

Admission
The M.S. in International Development and Service degree at CMSV will begin in Fall 2014. We will be accepting applications in April 2014. This program will accommodate 2 cohorts per year (Fall and Spring start time). View Admission Requirements.

Contact
For additional information regarding tuition, fees, and admissions requirements, please contact cmsv@ipsl.org.